Supply Chain Resilience In Defense Industrial Base

The Department of Defense and the defense industrial base encounter unique challenges in addressing and improving supply chain risk management. Compliance with complex legal frameworks, such as Section 889 and Section 1260H, along with addressing issues like adversarial capital; foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI); military end-use; forced labor; and sanctions-related exposure, significantly complicates these […]

Daniel P. Fata Joins Vision Products as Strategic Advisor

Daniel P. Fata Joins Vision Products as Strategic Advisor

Vision Products ( is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel P. Fata as a Strategic Advisor, bringing his decades of expertise in the aerospace and defense sector, government affairs, and strategic planning to the company. Mr. Fata has cultivated a distinguished career spanning nearly 30 years. His extensive background includes roles in Congress, the […]

Wisdom for Graduates: ‘No One’s Gifts Are Worth Throwing Away’

The College of Engineering Commencement ceremony at Gampel Pavilion on May 4, 2024. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Advice, encouragement, and perspective from UConn’s 2024 commencement ceremonies More than 8,000 degrees were awarded across 17 commencement ceremonies at the University of Connecticut this month, and along with them came advice, insight, and wise counsel from the speakers and honorary degree recipients who addressed the graduates. Among those honored guests was a famous member […]

2024 Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

The Neag School of Education celebrated its Class of 2023 Undergraduate Commencement on May 7 at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. (Flash Photography).

Speakers from a broad range of fields and backgrounds will share their wisdom with UConn’s Class of 2024 From business success to cases before the Supreme Court, from policymaking in Hartford to policymaking in Washington, from the first woman to serve as the Chief of the Mohegan Tribe in modern history to a UConn legend, […]

Pulling Their Weight: The Data on NATO Responsibility Sharing

Report by Kathleen McInnis, Daniel Fata, Benjamin Jensen, and Jose M. Macias III

Background As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) turns 75 this year, it is hardly surprising that burden sharing—the degree to which allies are financially shouldering the costs of collective security—is once again an issue at the forefront of Washington, D.C. policy discussions. For decades, the issue has hinged on the amount that allies are […]

Enhancing Defense and Innovation: NATO’s Path Forward

Listen here: In this riveting episode of Cosmic Top Secret, Professor Michael John Williams delves deep into the intricacies of NATO’s strategic evolution and its response to contemporary challenges with Dan Fata. With Fata’s extensive background in national security and defense, the conversation illuminates NATO’s journey towards increased defense spending, capability development, and the […]

Assessing the Vilnius Summit’s Decisions: An American Perspective

Photo source: Nuotraukos šaltinis: Sven Simon-The Presidential Office Ukraine

SUMMARY This summer’s Vilnius Summit took place during an interesting time for NATO as an organization and the transatlantic community writ large. The Summit was full of anticipation, hope, concern, and determination in the months and weeks leading up to its commencing. In the lead up to the Summit, leaders, experts, media, and parliamentarians were […]

Meet Daniel Fata, Primer’s New Advisor

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dan Fata as our newest advisor. With a career spanning 25 years, Dan has held key leadership and advisory positions in both the public and private sectors. He has served as senior staff in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, offering his strategic guidance and […]

In a sudden reversal, Turkey agrees to back Sweden’s bid to join NATO

  NPR’s Michel Martin talks to public policy expert Daniel Fata, about Turkey backing Sweden’s NATO bid, and a potential deal to raise the alliance’s target for military spending.   TRANSCRIPT MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: In a sudden reversal at the NATO summit, Turkey has agreed to back Sweden’s bid to join the alliance. The decision […]